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Tech Tip #98: Speed up MS Office with Quick Access Toolbar

Posted by on September 29, 2014

tech edAs a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions from parents about their home computers, how to do stuff, how to solve problems. Each Tuesday, I’ll share one of those with you. They’re always brief and always focused. Enjoy!

Q: I tend to do the same actions over and over on my MS Office software. How do I create a customized tool bar with my favorite tools?

A: This one is going to improve the quality of your life immediately. It’s so simple, you’ll wish you’d known it months ago.

First, you need Office 2007 or later because earlier versions don’t include the Quick Access toolbar. It looks like this:

quick access toolbar

When you click the drop down arrow, you get the most popular actions–new, open, save, print, etc.

Customize Quick Access toolbar on Office 2010

Check off all those you want to appear on the toolbar. Toward the bottom is a choice to have the QA toolbar above or below the ribbon. I choose below because I find it more easily there. If there are tools you use frequently you wish were included (for example, I use the strike through a lot in my writing), select ‘customize’ and go find it in the endless list.

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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor/author of dozens of tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and a wide variety of technology training books that integrate technology into education. She is webmaster for six blogs, CSG Master Teacher, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, a tech ed columnist for, and a weekly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out next summer.


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